The Spark in Review: September 14, 2018

The Spark in Review is the week’s news at Allspark in pill form. This week, more Titans Return figures hit discount sale at Ollie’s, Earth Wars launched the new Sentius twin characters, Blue Big Convoy is set for reissue, and you can wield an Ion Blaster of your very own.

Toy News and Reveals:
A set of character renders have appeared for Studio Series Bumblebee-movie-based Volkswagen Bumblebee and Dropkick, plus the unexpected redecos of Lockdown and Stinger. Bumblebee’s artwork once again follows early concept art, like his toys, in including the Volkswagen’s doors as wings.
Meanwhile, TakaraTomy have rolled out their official photos for the War for Cybertron: Siege lineup. They have also released stock photos for Punch / Counterpunch as well as LG-EX Blue Big Convoy, based on the Lucky Draw variant of the original toy.
In the kind of third-party expansion we like to see here at Allspark, Studio Series Grimlock has received another unofficial enhancement, in the form of Dr. Wu’s Battle Spear, another option for closing the distance just a little more between the already very accurate toy and the film model.
For some deals and finds news, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet has begun stocking Sky Shadow and Sixshot and solicited Titans Return Deluxes, Voyagers, Leaders, and Trypticon, all at massively reduced prices (more than half off regular retail.)
Outside Transformers, Megahouse has released images of their upcoming highly articulated 4″ SSSS Gridman based in the new anime and accompanied by support vehicles, though there’s no sign of a combination feature.
Fans of The Toys That Made Us may be interested in a new feature-length documentary, The Power of Grayskull, also Netflix exclusive. The feature offers an in-depth look at the history of the Masters of the Universe line in a similar vein to the Toys series, with extensive creator interviews.
Comics, Games, and Media:
IDW have released their shipping list for September 19, as well as a preview of the Unicron #6 incentive cover. We reviewed the Bumblebee: Win If You Dare graphic novel.
In cartoon news, Dreamworks have released a short teaser of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, featuring an unseen power calling Adora to her destiny and a small sample of the series’ animation.
In gaming, Hasbro has partnered with Epic Games to produce Nerf and Monopoly tie-in products to the popular Fortnite, raising the possibility of Nerf battles serving as an Overwatch-Fortnite crossover.
Space Ape Games have released event details for the weekend in Earth Wars, a triple-XP Alliance event, coinciding with the launch of the Sentius twins, available only via events like this one. Meanwhile, Kabam, creators of Transformers: Forged to Fight, have introduced Omega Red into their Marvel-based Contest of Champions.
Fandom and Events
Cars in Transformers decos are not unheard of, but Jason Ybarra has taken the craft to an unexpected level with his Ratchet, a recreation of the original deco on a close match for the original minivan that also includes a nearly life-size Ravage hitching a ride.
In another, not quite life size recreation, a group named M-Deck have launched, via Kickstarter, an unofficial and very faithful replica of Optimus Prime’s Ion Blaster. The impressive rifle is scaled for human use in cosplay or otherwise and features lights and sound and a display stand.
Regular Items
Check out last week’s Allspark Art Showcase for a bit of Generation 1 redesign fun from user infinitedynamics, and come back tomorrow for this week’s entry! You can also plumb the depths of history with last week’s Spark in Review, and then catch up with the latest news and share your own finds or thoughts on the Allspark Forums, on our Discord server, or in our Facebook Group.